Director Sofia Coppola is a long-term “fan” of Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman.

She was eager to get Kidman on board in the new movie “The Beguiled”, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

“I’ve been a fan for many years. I had her in my head when I was writing the headmistress. Her gravitas and her humour, I knew would fit perfectly,” Coppola told Daily Telegraph newspaper.